New PDF release: A Pathognomy of Performance

By S. Bayly

ISBN-10: 0230271693

ISBN-13: 9780230271692

Exploring the subjects of the development, ephemerality and democracy that mark the come across among functionality and philosophy, this unique research elaborates clean views at the reports of undoing, fiasco and catastrophe that shadow either the either degree and way of life.

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Despite the enduring and, it must be said, fitfully successful efforts to induct a Western audience into politically charged participative performances, the structural separation at the heart of theatre would appear to remain essentially unchanged. As with Rousseau, more often than not, critical art practice that starts out from theatrical origins finds itself increasingly obliged to abandon the theatre itself, given its constitutive dependence on the production of spectators. Nevertheless, when performance has been suppressed by forces other than its own, it is usually because it brings too many people too close together in too confined space for ideological comfort.

That might be 30 A Pathognomy of Performance an appropriate definition of contemporary theatre audiences, except that what is shared, what is indeed still in common in the theatrical event, is the bare fact of mutual separation. The nature of this separation is at the heart of a theatrical ethics. It is a separation, but not an alienation. 22 The house is open Blau posits the audience, public and community that does not exist at the heart of the representational structure of theatre and as the source of its political and ethical value.

Under stark white light, they look out to us, neither eyeballing individuals in a persecutory fashion, nor surveying us en masse. They appear neither afraid, nor particularly confident. It seems that something must, as the phrase goes, take place: the show must go on. But there is a reluctance to simply engage with pretence. Sometimes they appear to be silently asking for something: inspiration, something to do, just to be excused for carrying on. They do not speak and barely move, often for several minutes.

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